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May 3, 2011

DoD SBIR/STTR proposal dates and deadlines

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Interested in learning more about the U.S. Defense Department's Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer programs? Check out http://www.dodsbir.net, where you'll find detailed information, a history of the programs and important dates for submitting proposals.

Defense Department awards $191 million in research funding

Late last month, the U.S. Department of Defense announced that it will issue 27 awards to academic institutions to perform multidisciplinary basic research. The program expects to award $191 million over five years.

According to a news release from DoD Public Affairs, the Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (MURI) program supports research by teams of investigators who intersect more than one traditional science and engineering discipline in order to accelerate research progress. The awards will be made by the Army Research Office (ARO), the Office of Naval Research (ONR), and the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR), and are subject to successful negotiation between the institution and DoD.

The awards are the result of the fiscal 2011 competition that ARO, ONR, and AFOSR conducted under the DoD MURI program. Most MURI efforts involve researchers from multiple academic institutions and academic departments. Based on the proposals selected in the fiscal 2011 competition, a total of 70 academic institutions are expected to participate in the 27 research efforts.

The highly competitive MURI program complements other DoD basic research programs that support traditional, single-investigator university research by supporting multidisciplinary teams with larger and longer awards.

The awards announced are for a five-year period subject to availability of appropriations and satisfactory research progress. Consequently, MURI awards can provide greater sustained support than single-investigator awards for the education and training of students pursuing advanced degrees in science and engineering fields critical to DoD, as well as for associated infrastructure such as research instrumentation.

The list of projects selected for fiscal 2011 funding can be found at: http://www.defense.gov/news/d20110422MURI.pdf.

December 8, 2011

CAVS Extension work published as national case study

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A federal agency has cited Mississippi State University's work with a defense contractor as a national example.

Earlier this week, MSU's Center for Advanced Vehicular Systems Extension Office was notified that the U.S. Department of Commerce's National Institute of Standards and Technology's Manufacturing Extension Program published a national case study about CAVS Extension's work with Navistar Defense at the company's plant in West Point.

CAVS Extension director Clay Walden believes that it is the first ever national case study from NIST-MEP.

"I am remain exceedingly proud of the accomplishment of Glenn Dennis and the larger CAVS Extension team and grateful for the ongoing recognition. I also appreciate the work of Dr. Jay Tice, Executive Director of MEP.ms, in working with NIST-MEP in order to publish this case study," Walden wrote in an email to the Maroon Research blog.

Here are a few more details about the project from a Manufacturing Extension Partnership of Mississippi press release:

The MEP.ms MSU CAVS-E team supported Navistar's military vehicle initiative by designing and implementing the plant's production system, providing advanced planning and support of more than 12 new vehicle launches as well as developing quality manufacturing engineering support to local and regional suppliers.

Because of the success of Navistar's MRAP phase of the military project, at peak production, more than 1,000 people were employed during a period when the West Point community had been hard hit by recession and lay-offs from another major manufacturer.

Most significantly, the production of the MRAPs reduced the casualty rate of U.S. military by 84 percent. In 2009, 149 lives were saved by MRAPs.

A copy of the study is available from MEP.ms by clicking here.

For more information about Mississippi State's work with Navistar, see these news releases from University Relations:

"MSU innovations focus paying dividends, more to come," Sept. 16, 2011

"CAVS Extension at MSU takes top national award," Dec. 14, 2010

"MSU CAVS Extension's work in West Point recognized," Aug. 18. 2010

"MSU-based CAVS providing diverse assistance to state industries," March 16, 2010

"MSU engineers help launch armored vehicle plant in West Point," Feb. 9, 2006

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